Merlot – Sangiovese – Syrah is a powerful red blend produced in Tuscany from the region's most-esteemed grape, Sangiovese, and the more-international varieties Merlot and Syrah (the dependable Rhône grape). The blend is also seen in Corsica, where Nielluccio (or Sangiovese by another name) is the island’s dominant dark-skinned variety.
Both Merlot and Syrah were introduced only relatively recently to Tuscany and even more recently to Corsica.
In Tuscany, incorporating international varieties into blends originally meant they fell outside the ... more
Toscana IGT is the most famous – and the most commonly used – of Italy’s Indicazione Geografica Tipica (IGT) titles. The geographical region it indicates is, in short, Tuscany. Toscana IGT wines can be made in any village in any of Tuscany’s 10 provinces (Arezzo, Firenze, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa Carrara, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena).
Free from the stylistic constraints imposed on DOCG and DOC wines, Toscana IGT wines can be made in almost every form imaginable, from bone-dry whites to sweet reds and sparkling rosés. Naturally, given Tuscany’s longstanding success with dry red wine, this style is by far the most common.... more
Tuscany (Toscana in Italian) is perhaps the most famous of all Italian wine regions. This fact has no doubt been perpetuated by the romance of the region's endless rolling hills and cypress-lined country roads, but it is nonetheless home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines.